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Lamont Rejects Republican Request To Halt Business Property Taxes, Delay Family Leave Law

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Jessica Hill
Associated Press
Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has rejected a request from House Republicans to help local businesses survive the pandemic by deferring some state and local taxes that take effect on January 1.

Vincent Candelora is the leader-elect of the House Republican caucus. He said his members would like Lamont to authorize a three-month moratorium on local property taxes for businesses.

“We are starting to see some roll backs in the economy and at this time we also have property that are due on January 1. So we are asking the governor to renew that option to delay similar to the one that was proposed back in July,” Candelora said.

Lamont said that’s a bad idea because it would deprive municipalities of money.

“They need to make sure that they have property tax coming in to maintain cash flow to keep teachers and firemen and cops employed,” Lamont said.

The Republicans had also asked that a paycheck deduction for private sector workers that goes into effect next year to pay for Connecticut’s new family and medical leave program be deferred.

Lamont said the state needs that program more than ever during a pandemic.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.